At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward? Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, art, failure, TED2014, 2014
In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TEDxFeatured, business, failure, happiness, success, TEDxUW, 2011
Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, culture, failure, 2011
We're taught to try to live life without regret. But why? Using her own tattoo as an example, Kathryn Schulz makes a powerful and moving case for embracing our regre Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, failure, TEDSalon NY2011, 2011
Elizabeth Gilbert was once an "unpublished diner waitress," devastated by rejection letters. And yet, in the wake of the success of 'Eat, Pray, Love,' she found herself identifying strongly with her former self. With beautiful insight, Gilbert reflects on why success can be as disorienting as failure and offers a simple -- though hard -- way to carry on, regardless of outcomes. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, failure, success, writing, TED2014, 2014
The world is changing much more rapidly than most people realize, says business educator Eddie Obeng -- and creative output cannot keep up. In this spirited talk, he highlights three important changes we should understand for better productivity, and calls for a stronger culture of “smart failure." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, creativity, education, failure, productivity, success, technology,...
“The world needs you, badly,” begins celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson in his letter to a young scientist. Previewing his upcoming book, he gives advice collected from a lifetime of experience -- reminding us that wonder and creativity are the center of the scientific life. (Filmed at TEDMED.) Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, TED Prize, education, failure, math, science, storytelling, student, success,...